- Range Walking Club
- Tuesday 27th December 1988-Local
- The December walk will take place on Tuesday, 27th. As in
recent years lunch can be taken at a local hostelry and
we can vouch for its quality, having sampled both the
food and liquid refreshments which includes coffee if
required. There is a reasonable selection of very good
value main courses available from £2.30 per meal.
The walk will start at Rufford railway station where
there is a car park, overflow parking has been arranged
at the nearby Fermor Arms. Most of the walk is along the
waterways of the Lancashire plain and is approximately 7
miles in length, although alternative routes are
available should the weather be inclement, or
participants consider they have had enough or want more.
We can guarantee to blow the cobwebs away from lazy minds
brought about by the festive period!
The start is at 10 a.m. prompt and we intend to be back
at Rufford by 3.20 p.m. at the latest. The distance from
Formby to Rufford by road is 16 miles and it takes
approximately 40 minutes. The railway station is
signposted on the right of the A59 just after the Hesketh
Arms on the left.
The walk itself starts along the bank of the
Leeds-Liverpool canal. It is essential to wear walking
boots or wellington boots with good grip. You normally
expect canal towpaths to be wet and muddy and the first
100 yards of the walk will live up to this reputation due
to bank reinforcement work. However, after this initial
introduction the next two miles by the side of the canal
are considerably improved and quite grassy. We then leave
the canal and walk ¾ mile to the banks of the River
Douglas where good underfoot conditions give us a
pleasant walk along the banks of the rivers Yarrow and
After lunch in Croston we wander through the village past
the prominent church and the very ancient school before
passing out onto pasture land. We then follow a series of
dyke top paths back to Ruf ford.
We have been requested by the landlord of the De Trafford
Arms in Croston to give him a rough estimate of the
numbers wishing to take lunch. No necessity to choose
meal prior to arriving, the need for numbers is to ensure
he has sufficient staff on duty to meet our requirements.
Therefore, could you please ring Dave Luty, prior to 9
p.m. on Friday, 23rd December, if you intend to partake
of the pub lunch so that the landlord can be informed
Distance: 7 miles
Leaders: John Yabsley and Dave Luty